Monday, October 03, 2011

Home Made Delicious

If you pick a hundred pounds of deliciously ripe fruit and it doesn't all get eaten at your family reunion, you'll have to do something with it.  After I conned my extended family into helping me sort and pit the last-of-the-season apricots and super-flavorful Santa Rosa plums (this was back at the end of July), we put them all into ziploc bags and I popped them into my freezer to wait for cooler weather.
I'm not crazy enough to make jam and/or jelly when it's stinkin' hot outside. (That's why God created freezers. And I wouldn't want to wreck any Divine plan.)

I spent an incredibly satisfying day making plum jelly, apricot jam, mint jelly and Oriental plum sauce.  I used up every single jar I had in the process.  

I just wanted to mention that I have a smooth electric stovetop. There are rumors about being unable to can fruit or make jelly if you have one. FALSE! I just wipe up any sugar spills or jam drips with a wet cloth and I'm good to go.

Then I took my jars outside in the sun for a photo shoot.  I think filled jelly jars are as beautiful as stained glass!

Yummily,

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3 comments:

  1. You have been a busy girl. I love to see things canned up. Your jellies look so pretty. I use to can everything years ago. When I would go to the basement I would think how pretty all the new jars of fruits, veggies and sausage looked. The Plum sauce sounds yummy.

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  2. Your jellies and jams are simply BEAUTIFUL. I have never canned any jellies as I never get enough fruit off my trees to make more than one jar!

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  3. You are very clever to have frozen the fruit until there was cooler weather. Your jams and jellies glow like jewels in the sunshine. I bet they taste delicious too!

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